Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Re-Centering

Every so often a person has an experience that literally re-orients the pathways in their brain. These experiences can be disconcerting, but they provide valuable perspective and actually make the brain grow. Learning Greek at age 37 felt like that to me - I swore I could feel the new crevices being carved in my grey matter . . .

Last week I returned from a trip to Peru and that's how it felt: new food, cultures, schedules, languages, and the tidal wave of imagination that washed over me at Machu Picchu (and it wasn't just the abnormally heavy rains . . .). So much that was new, so much to learn, where to put it all??!!

Seminary is full of re-centering experiences. It requires a way to corral the flood of information and relationships. It requires new categories, new patterns, new ways to arrange ideas. In many ways the grid, or schema one creates for all of this is as critical as the information itself. Be careful and deliberate about your re-orienting. Use care and caution, love and wisdom as you select and organize the new information.

1 comment:

  1. Kris--this is so true! Thanks so much for posting your gems for us to learn from and enjoy.

    Carolyn Males

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